We have all had the feeling of being on the top of the world, at least once in our lives. But have you ever literally been on the top of the world, save for the figurative meaning? Your cerebullum must have painted a picture of a New York skyscraper in your head. But what if you were told that the world’s tallest building is not a New York skyscraper? What do you think can be the maximum height of a building? Have you ever thought how does it feel to stand on 150th floor? To quench your curiosity and get your questions answered, take a look at the list below.
12. Eiffel Tower
Situated in the city of fashion and romance, this tower is 1063 feet tall. It is named after Gustave Eiffel, who was its chief architect. It has three levels. First and Second level house cafes and restaurants while the third is an observation deck. Maurice Koechlin, great grandfather of Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin designed it. It was constructed to observe the 100 years of the French Revolution. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world.
11. Philadephia City Hall
Built in the first year of 20th century, this building is the seat of government for the city of Philadelphia. The building’s height with William Pen’s statue on top is 548 feet. Upon its completion in 1901, it was the world’s tallest habitable building as all the previous tallest buildings were either religious or monumental. It is the largest municipal building in the whole of United States. William Penn’s sculpture on the top of the building faces north and is the tallest of its kind in the world.
10. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower
50 floors high with a height of 700 feet, it is one of the first few skyscrappers of New York. This building like the Chysler Building has a Middle East Owner- Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Its most striking feature is that it has clocks on all four sides. Each clock has a radius of 4 metre and each number is 1.2 meter tall and the hands weigh half a tonne. It was the world’s tallest building for four years, from 1909 to 1913.
9. Woolworth Building
Remember the `Woodworld Building’ in GTA 4? It is a namesake of the Woolworth Building. It has been named after its first owner FW Woolworth. Even after 100 years of its completion, it finds a place in 100 Tallest Buildings of the United States and was declared the National Historic Landmark in 1966. It is famously called ‘The Cathedral of Commerce’ due to its similarity with gothic Cathedrals of Europe.
8. 40 Wall Sreet
This building was bought by Donald Trump in 1995 and renamed `The Trump Building’. Initially it was also known as Manhattan Company Building. This building had fallen victim to a plane crash in 1946 and suffered destruction to its North side. Also, its fortune as the `world’s tallest’ wasn’t long lived since it was very soon taken over by the Chysler Building. Its name is a derivative of its address, `40 Wall Street, New York Street’. It has 71 floors.
7. Chrysler Building
Though it enjoyed the `Tallest in the world’ title for only 11 months, it is still the tallest brick building in the world. It is considered to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. Though located in America, its majority shareholder is Abu Dhabi Investment Council. The construction of this building was a very quick affair, four floors per week.
6. Empire State Building
Standing 1454 feet tall, the Empire State Building houses 102 floors. As is apparent it has been named so after the epithet for New York, the Empire State. It held the tallest building record for nearly 40 years before being surpassed by the World Trade Centre. It was also mentioned in the list of 7 Wonders of the Modern World and is an icon of American skyline. It has been roof to many famous companies such as LinkedIn and The Kings College. Some scenes of the 20th century hit King Kong were filmed here and it has been a part of cartoon shows like Looney Toones and Tom & Jerry.
5. World Trade Center
This building enjoyed the title of being tallest in the world for 25 years. Its complex has, apart from the famous Tower 1 and Tower 2, 5 more buildings. The tower 1 was famous for an antenna on its top. The area of complex is so sprawling that it has its own zip code, 10048. Tower1 and Tower 2 of this center were attacked on 11/09/01 by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked two Boeing 767 jets, due to which 3 other towers and the Marriot Hotel were destructed. It had been rebuilt now.
4. Willis Tower
Famous worldwide as Sears Tower, this skyscrapper is now known as Willis Tower. It has 108 floors extending to 1729 feet and 3 basement floors. It is Chicago’s most popular tourist destination and enjoyed even more attention after being shown in The Dark Knight Rises. Its construction was a controversial affair with suits filed to hault it. Its distinctive feature is its Skydeck that opened in 1974. A view from this observation point on 103rd floor encompasses the whole of Illionois. It will give you butterflies in stomach on a windy day when the tower almost sways.
3. Petrona Tower
Standing 88 floors tall, famously known as Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest tower of the world from 1998 to 2004. Its most famous feature is its Sky Bridge, that connects the two towers and is the highest two storey bridge in the world. The tower is extensively used for cinematography, owing to this special feature. A few scenes of Bollywood movie Don:2 were shot on this bridge. The tower also featured in the American TV series 24 and animated series Phineas and Ferb. The access to this bridge is limited to 1000 people per day.
2. Taipei 101 Tower
A Taiwanese Icon, it was the tallest tower of world from 2004 to 2009 when Burj Khalifa overtook it. As is apparent from its name, it had 101 floors and 5 basements. Till 2016, it held the record of housing fastest elevators with speed of 60.6 km per hour, covering 84 floors in 37 seconds. It was designed to signify the evolution of technology and Asian trade. It is internationally acknowledged for its fireworks and attracts a large audience. Its structure is a reflection of chinese culture; it has eight segments of eight floors each, chinese believe that the numerical `8′ has spiritual relevance of prosperity and fortune.
1. Burj Khalifa
Named Burj Dubai during its intial stage, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building standing on this planet with a height of 2722 feet. Not many know that one of the central ideas behind its construction was to divert international attention from its oil industry and catalyse its submerging tourism industry. It houses 57 elevators and 8 escalators. Since it is located in Middle East, the labour issues were a part and parcel during its construction. Its most striking feature is the famous Dubai Fountain which reaches up till the 18th floor and illuminates the whole outer complex with 6,600 lights.